Pak may pose threat again to India in U-19 WC: Captain

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Bangalore, Feb 8 (UNI) Traditional rivals Pakistan may pose threat again to India's supremacy in the Under-19 World Cup beginning in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from February 17, Captain Virat Kohli said today.

Speaking to newspersons at the end of the seven-day conditioning camp at National Cricket Academy here, he said, ''we have successfully played against South Africa, New Zealand and England, but Pakistan was the team that needs to be watched. It is an unknown quantity and we gather that they are fielding a new team. However, we are prepared to put up a brave fight and are confident of regaining the World Cup.'' Champions in 2000 under Mohammad Kaif, India had lost twice to Pakistan in the summit clash in the next two World Cups held biennially. It had lost by 38 runs in the final in 2006.

To a question, he said a battery of seamers had been included in the team. ''Last time, we lacked a proper seam attack but this time we have sufficient pace bowlers. Batting remains our strength.'' About India placed in Group 'B' with West Indies, South Africa and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Kohil said, ''It is tough group, we hope to live upto the mark as we are favourites.'' Top two teams in each group would enter the super league.

To another question, he said the team was quiet used to play in different conditions and playing in Kaula Lampur would not be difficult.


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